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London school refuses to say whether teacher who trolled Michael Gove's family will face action

School chiefs have refused to say whether a teacher faces disciplinary action after targeting Michael Gove’s family with vile online abuse.

Alom Shaha, a physics teacher at Camden School for Girls in North London, said Mr Gove’s 17-year-old daughter should campaign against her parents – and accused the Cabinet Office Minister and his wife, Sarah Vine, of supporting fascism.

In his tweet, Mr Shaha said: ‘I would love to see a f***ing 12-year-old of one of these b******s leave home and claim asylum saying they don’t want to live with fascists.’

He later added: ‘I’m frankly shocked that any self-respecting teenage offspring of these b******s doesn’t publicly shame them. I mean, what kind of teenagers are these? I can only conclude they are as awful as their parents.’

Mr Shaha (above) has worked at the school part-time for more than 12 years, according to his LinkedIn profile

His Twitter account has since been deleted.

However, when approached by The Mail on Sunday last week, Camden School for Girls refused to say whether it has taken any disciplinary measures against Mr Shaha. 

A spokesman said: ‘The school does not comment on internal matters.’

Mr Shaha has worked at the school part-time for more than 12 years, according to his LinkedIn profile. 

He also works as a film-maker and is the author of books including The Young Atheist’s Handbook and Mr Shaha’s Recipes For Wonder.

In response to his abuse, Ms Vine said: ‘It’s one thing to be attacked oneself but when these people come after your children, that’s when it becomes so deeply personal that you can’t ignore it.

‘The fact this bile is being disseminated by teachers is worse.’

Mr Shaha tweeted about Michael Gove (above) and wife Sarah Vine's family and said: ‘I would love to see a f***ing 12-year-old of one of these b******s leave home and claim asylum saying they don’t want to live with fascists.’

However, last week Ms Vine tweeted to say Mr Shaha had been in touch to apologise. 

She wrote: ‘Thank you to Alom Shaha for a much appreciated apology, gratefully accepted. We all make mistakes, and it takes courage to admit them. Time to move on #Forgiveness.’

Elsewhere, a rising classical music star has been investigated after making a vulgar gesture to Dominic Cummings outside his home. 

Oliver Leith, 29, a ‘composer in-residence’ with the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in association with the Royal Opera House, held his two middle fingers up at Mr Cummings as the adviser ran a gauntlet of abuse on his way home two weeks ago.

The Royal Opera House sought to distance itself, claiming he was ‘not an employee’ and ‘does not receive any funding from us’.

The Guildhall School said Mr Leith had been investigated under the student code of conduct, but refused to share the outcome of the inquiry on data protection grounds.

Neither he nor Mr Shaha responded to requests for comment.

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